African Voices

"African Voices" highlights members of the Penn State community who have had firsthand experience with the types of objects presented in this exhibition. Click the links on the left to listen to their stories.

Clemente Abrokwaa is an associate teaching professor in the African Studies Program at Penn State. He holds a Ph.D. in international/intercultural education from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and an M.A. degree in African/Third World studies from the University of London, England. He also holds a B.Ed. in education and African music from Cape Coast University, Ghana. Dr. Abrokwaa specializes in education and economic development in Africa. He teaches courses in African history and contemporary Africa. He has written two books: Introduction to Contemporary Africa, and Gender in Africa: An Anthology. Dr. Abrokwaa serves as the undergraduate director for the African Studies Program. 

Rebecca Y. Bayeck holds a dual-Ph.D. in learning design and technology and comparative international education. She is a post-doc at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her research interests include literacies; learning in games, particularly board games; the design of inclusive learning environments; and the interplay of gender, culture, and context in learning spaces.

Grace Hampton is professor emerita of art, art education and integrative arts and former vice provost and senior faculty mentor at Penn State. She currently serves as the interim director of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State. Before arriving at Penn State, she taught at universities in Illinois, California, Oregon, and Mississippi and worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has received two Fulbright Specialist Awards and conducts research and publishes articles in the areas of African and African American arts and culture and community development through the arts.

Josette Kafando is an international student at Penn State. She is a Master II student in architecture and is originally from Burkina Faso. She moved to the United States in 2012 after her high school diploma to pursue her architectural studies. She has a bachelor of science in architecture and environmental studies.

Nadhir Muntaka is a Ghanaian, a part-time professor, and an IT specialist at Penn State. He is also a dual-title Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems and Comparative International Education. He focuses on lifelong learning and adults/distance education and how to improve learning in developing regions with minimal access to modern technology. His research focuses on learning and management of noncommunicable chronic diseases (NCDs) such as cancers, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, stroke, and pulmonary heart diseases, and how learning and management of NCDs can be improved by the use of modern technology.

Joseph Vandy Sengeh is a third-year graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Penn State. He was born in Pujehun town, in the southern part of Sierra Leone. He lived in Sierra Leone for most of his life before moving to Maastricht, Netherlands, to complete his high school diploma. He moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, for his undergraduate education, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and applied mathematics. After his studies, Joseph looks forward to one day becoming a professor in his home country and serving his people.